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Komodo Topside, the Pet Family and The Seven Seas

6 – 18 August 2009

We spent 12 wonderful days diving with the entire Pet family and their friends onboard The Seven Seas, a super luxurious dive live aboard operating all over the best sites of Indonesia.

It was Lida Pet-Soede’s much awaited vacation and it was perfect to share this time with her. Lida is the engine […]

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The Different Marine Habitats of Komodo National Park

6 – 24 August 2009

It is very interesting that mangroves and seagrass beds do not hold as much tourist attraction as flamboyant coral reefs. Fair enough as coral reefs are magical and full of variety of shapes and animals. But there is beauty in each ecosystem – so much so that we have this blog […]

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Underwater Wilderness – Komodo National Park

6 – 22 August 2009

It was both Yogi and my first time to see the underwater world of the World Heritage Site Komodo National Park. About 15 years ago Yogi spent time here on land, photographing Komodo dragons. Not much was known about underwater Komodo, and there were few dive operators then as is the case […]

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Mr. Linder

In the beginning of our journey, we knew part of this expedition was going to be about food. About eating. But it was far from our minds to eat well in Jamursbamedi. In fact, we thought we were going to survive on instant noodles or instant anything, as this was by far the most remote […]

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Bali, Indonesia: Hope in Paradise

By Alya B. Honasan

IT was serendipitous that an important meeting of Coral Triangle partners was going on in Bali at the same time we visited, as scientists, conservation experts, and government representatives from all over the world gathered to work out plans of action. That meant that a whole battery of experts was ready and […]

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More Leatherback Turtles and Faces of Papuan Kids

24 – 29 July 2009

For the next four nights, we consistently saw two leatherback turtles laying eggs. We didn’t have as many companions now as the first night, and we developed some sort of nightly ritual.  A long boat (dugout canoe with outriggers) would take us from Batu Rumah to Warmamedi at sunset.

The boys Daro […]

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Leatherback Turtles

23 July 2009

We arrived in Batu Rumah sometime 3 pm of July 23.  Immediately our WWF leaders Mr. Bas and Franki called for a meeting with all the site monitoring staff and some local Papuan patrol volunteers.

Our presence and intentions were explained to everybody and our succeeding nights were planned.  It was going to be […]

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Remote Expedition to West Papua, Indonesia

23 – 29 July 2009

Um Island
Batu Rumah

We have been planning this part of our expedition since before we left Australia for Asia four months ago. When we found out that WWF Indonesia had a project site for leatherback turtles, we zeroed in on what we needed to do and plan. Malaria was something we were […]